The National Society of Leadership and Success
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Letter from the PresidentAnnouncementsSuccess CornerSociety Spotlight Monthly Motivation

Letter From the President: 

Dear Society Member,

May is undoubtedly one of the busiest and exciting months on the academic calendar. With final exams top of mind, induction season in full swing, Memorial Day right around the corner and summer plans being made, it’s safe to say there are a lot of activities swirling around you.

“He nods, as if to acknowledge that endings are almost always a little sad,
even when there is something to look forward to on the other side.”

― Emily Giffin, Love the One You're With

Whether you will be finishing your last exam of the semester or experiencing your final lecture as a student, you may be feeling optimistic, excited or perhaps even a little nervous. Many of you aren’t sure what life will be like outside of school, as you have been working on your education nearly your entire lives. Regardless of whether graduation is this year, next year, or beyond, the time will soon come when you are presented with a world of endless opportunity. It’s important to realize now that you get to write the beginning of the next chapter of your life, so embrace it! While it’s important to recognize that your past experiences cultivated the person you are today, don’t ruminate on the chapter that has passed. Instead, focus on the future.

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”

– Helen Keller

It is true that the journey ahead may not be easy. There will be struggles and even failures. These challenges will make it difficult for you to see anything other than the closed door behind you. You may not always have control over all situations, but you do have control over your attitude and outlook.

Your doubts, fears and negative thoughts will paralyze you if permitted. To avoid that fate, you must first train your mind to detect the moment when your focus shifts downstream and becomes self-defeating. Simply ask yourself if these thoughts and feelings you are experiencing are helpful. If they aren’t guiding you toward your goals and instead inhibiting you from moving forward, then it’s time to refocus and shake off the negative thoughts. Literally, get up and change your current physical state. Jog in place for 60 seconds while listening to Bill Conti’s “Gonna Fly Now.” Dramatically changing your physical state is a powerful method to interrupt your negative thought pattern. After all, the best way to forget about anything is by focusing on the positive.

This month I want you all to remember that today is the first day of the rest of your life. Be a better you than you were yesterday and begin writing the next chapter of your life the way you want it to be told.

I’d like to thank you all for another wonderful semester and wish you the best of luck in closing your spring studies strong.

Best wishes,

Charles Knippen
The National Society of Leadership and Success

Success Corner: 

Thought Leader Series

The Society is proud to present the latest episode of our "Thought Leader Series," featuring Sophia Mendelsohn, Head of Sustainability for JetBlue Airways. Sophia sat down with Charles Knippen, the President of The National Society of Leadership and Success, to talk about the importance of green initiatives, her worldwide journey to protect the environment, and to share some helpful networking advice for students. Click below to watch.

Watch on: Facebook| Watch on our website in: Success Collection | Watch on: YouTube

SUNY Sullivan students recognized in Albany for leadership, excellence

On Wednesday, April 6th, the President of the Society chapter at SUNY Sullivan, Johnathan Murphy, was one of two students presented with the 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence at a ceremony held in Albany.

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SGA Leaders Win State Association Awards

Johnston Community College Chapter President Mario Hobbs and Society member Shenika Thorb won excellence awards at the recent North Carolina Comprehensive Community College Student Government Association (N4CSGA) conference in Durham on April 1st. "I was surprised and shocked, but I am so honored and grateful to represent JCC and receive this award," Hobbs said.

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DeShazer named SIUE Student Employee of the Year

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chapter President Ramon DeShazer has been honored by the Office of Student Financial Aid as SIUE’s 2016 Student Employee of the Year. The award recognizes DeShazer’s tremendous contributions and dedication to his position in University Housing’s Cougar Village. “Mr. DeShazer is more than dedicated to his position and displays an exceptional work ethic, which he does with a professional and positive attitude,” Jennifer Hoxsey, chief clerk in University Housing’s Cougar Village, said in her nomination letter.

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Monthly Motivation: 

“You don't just have a story -- you're a story in the making, and you never know what the next chapter's going to be. That's what makes it exciting.”

― Dan Millman

Our members are leading and inspiring individuals on their campuses and in their communities across the country every day, and we want to help tell those stories! Articles and other content for upcoming newsletters can be submitted anytime to Please include photos from your event, and let us know what you were doing, who participated and how it impacted your members and community. So many chapters are making a difference every day. Keep up the good work!

Society Spotlight: 

Chapter Events
and Highlights

Ivy Tech Community College-Central Indiana

On Saturday, April 23rd, the Society chapter at Ivy Tech Community College-Central Indiana held its Spring 2016 Induction Ceremony, recognizing 75 new inductees.

St. John's University

On Monday, April 25th, the Society chapter at St. John's University held its Spring 2016 Induction Ceremony featuring former NBA player, ESPN announcer, and Society Broadcast Speaker Stephen Bardo as the keynote speaker. The chapter inducted 380 students, awarded 73 members with the National Engaged Leader Award (NELA) and had close to 500 people in attendance.

New York Institute of Technology - Old Westbury

The newly established Society chapter at NYIT Old Westbury inducted 108 members between its two induction ceremonies held on Wednesday, April 20th and Thursday, April 21st.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

On Saturday, April 23rd, the Society chapter at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi inducted 96 students at its Spring 2016 Induction Ceremony. In addition, 19 students received the NELA and 16 students were presented with the Success Networking Team Facilitator Appreciation Award.

Northeast Lakeview College

On Friday, April 15th, the Society chapter at Northeast Lakeview College gathered for a team building/social outing. Tug-of-war, giant jenga, corn hole and relay races were just a few of the activities enjoyed by the chapter's members.

To view more images from these events, as well as recent activity from our Society chapters at Chapman University, Mount Aloysius College, Mercer University - Atlanta and Spring Hill College, visit us on Flickr.


Just In: Society Alumni Recognition Package

Congratulations! Society members graduating this semester will soon find themselves taking their next first step. Whether that means moving into a first apartment, first office, or both, the Society's Alumni Recognition Package will keep alumni organized and motivated.

The Society Alumni Recognition Package includes:

Alumni Recognition Keepsake: Place this on your home or office desk to commemorate your present achievements while reminding you to continue setting SMART goals while on your path to future success. The Society Alumni Seal is encased in a 3” x 7/8” clear lucite round with a flat bottom.

Embossed Alumni Padfolio: This impressive, durahyde padfolio offers a space for everyday work essentials and is perfect for interviews, travel or daily use.

Scholarships and Awards Program

The Spring 2016 Scholarships and Awards recipients will be announced on Thursday, May 12th. Stay tuned to see all of Spring 2016’s winners featured in the June 2016 Newsletter.
For a full list of our scholarships, awards and grants, click here.
To see all of 2015's winners, click here.

Society Cords and Stoles

Member Benefits

Save More with Society Perks and Discounts

Our members enjoy private access to corporate-level discounts on everything from pizza and the zoo to movie tickets, car rentals and hotels. With over 289,000 offers across 10,000 cities and easy mobile access, you'll always have a reason to celebrate your savings!

   Save money and take advantage of Society partner offerings with Abenity.
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For the full list of partner discounts you receive as a Society member, please log into your Members Area by clicking here.